Fri, 08 Feb 2013 11:10:09 GMT

Student films to bring Delhi''s world heritage tag closer



New Delhi, Feb 6 (PTI) Films celebrating the built and natural heritage of Delhi by schoolchildren might just come in handy in the city''s bid to earn the much-coveted world heritage tag.

FilmIt, a film festival for school students organised by Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (Intach) here on the theme of heritage celebrated history and heritage on subjects as diverse as the Hauz Khas reservoir, unknown monuments of Delhi, a history of the Ambassador car, the life of a rickshaw-puller, languages of India and water conservation among others.

These films are now finding its way into an official ''Delhi: A World Heritage City'' dossier, to provide a rallying point in its proposal to the UNESCO later.

A G K Menon, Convenor, Delhi Chapter Intach called the heritage fest an endorsement of ''Delhi young citizenry'' for the much-desired tag.

"This event has demonstrated that it is not just experts and architects and archaeologist who are demanding a world heritage city tag for Delhi but the Delhi''s young ones too want the coveted moniker for the city," said Menon.

"In fact we are documenting and recording this event (festival) and putting it has an extra chapter in our dossier for the ''Delhi: A World Heritage City'' proposal to UNESCO," Menon told PTI.

Initiated by Intach in 2008, and funded by the Helen Hamlyn Trust, UK, the project saw over 400 shorts (2-3 minutes) being made by students (class 4-12) from 24 schools, both private and public.

The best films selected from the pool were screened at the event which saw over 200 students in attendance from different parts of Delhi.

Nimar Dang, a class 8 student from Modern Public School here and part of the winning team for their film ''Yeh Dilli Hai Meri Jaan'' for best screenplay and narration was ecstatic to be part of the journey.

"We made many films and uploaded them onto the FilmIt website as part of our training which began about six months ago and I''m very happy and excited to do something for the heritage of India," Nimar said.

Her seniors Ayushmaan Zaheer and Shantanu Bhatia''s film ''Hindustan Ambassador'' and its quirky history drew quite an applause. So, did ''Richkshawala Matwala'', a short on his daily difficult life which featured a small girl interviewing a rickshaw-puller of Delhi. The life of a woman sweeper chronicled in few minutes by a little kid also moved many a hearts in the house.

But amidst all the theatre and cinema, what stood out starkly was the confidence and comfort the schoolchildren exuded as they handled and faced cameras in turns on screen.
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